Introducing Chuan Hung - history and flavour in a bowl.
The newly-opened Chuan Hung at Telok Ayer has a name that is beautifully straightforward belying the respect, thought and care that was put into it, much like its offerings. Chuan Hung or ‘Sichuan Alley’ focuses wholeheartedly on one particular Sichuan ingredient known as Mian Yang rice noodles. At Chuan Hung, these noodles are served the way they have always been for millenia: with a choice of different broths, and a variety of toppings such as braised beef and pig intestines.
These noodles have been a part of the Chinese culinary lexicon for as long as the Chinese food historians can remember. Named after their city of origin – Mian Yang the second-biggest city in Sichuan, these thin slippery rice noodles hold a special place in the hearts of Chinese food lovers, particularly the Sichuanese who eat it all year-round, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Chuan Hung’s rice noodles are specially sourced from one particular artisan who lives in a village deep in Sichuan.
Research for months into about 50 different Sichuan noodle shops led the Chuan Hung team to understand that only one particular shop sold the exact type and style of Mian Yang noodles that they wanted to present to Singaporeans – but it took close to a year and dozens of personal trips to the shop in sincere appeal before the owners finally softened and agreed to speak to them.
It took even longer to research and try the different noodles the artisan made: every detail was examined, down to the gauge of the noodles in millimetres. The noodles now served in Chuan Hung are customised for the noodle house, and found nowhere else in Singapore or South East Asia.
The noodles may be ordered with the clear or red soups as well as the uniquely Sichuan mix of red and clear. Chuan Hung also offers a third broth option: a deceptively clear soup that is piquantly infused with Sichuan vine pepper; as well as a dry-tossed version.
Those with bigger appetites can feel free to order “add-ons” as extra toppings for the noodles, and a curated selection of small plates – archetypal Sichuan sides such as Fried Crispy Pig Intestines and Braised Eggplant – as accompaniments.
Preparation for Chuan Hung’s menu items are often more complex than they seem, and made with a considered selection of spices and herbs. For example, the pig intestines were braised in a rich liquid that includes star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, Sichuan peppers and peppercorns amongst others.
This grand effort is also put into other details of the menu and the restaurant – from the kitchen team of Sichuanese chefs that are then trained for a year to ensure the flavours are ‘correct’; to hand- grinding the glutinous rice for making the smooth housemade Liang Gao being served for dessert; to the flavourful special drinks made from scratch; right down to the debossed ends of the customised wooden chopsticks.
The interiors of Chuan Hung is deserving of attention from the diner as well. Located in a side alley just off the far busier main street in much the same way that noodle shops in China have been set up for years, Chuan Hung is a little haven of gently coloured wood, bamboo furnishings and warm lighting. The small space of half-a-dozen tables – bustling when full, and tranquil when quiet – is inspired by the aforementioned noodle shops though elevated with thoughtful design details to ensure comfort for the guest even at the busiest of times.
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Blossom’s elegant interiors are a refined juxtaposition of everyday oriental objects which are accentuated with contrasting materials, to reflect subtle luxury and depth. With lush greenery as its backdrop, the restaurant’s design takes advantage of the natural light that floods the dining room throughout the day. The inviting dining area, three private rooms and a sleek bar makes it the perfect venue to celebrate and host, no matter what the occasion.
Blossom’s architecture, interior design, décor, innovative menu and flawless serviceâ is guaranteed to take its diners to greater heights of culinary realm.
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Shang Pin Hot Pot at Marina Square provides a wholesome variety of Chinese steamboat ingredients that would satisfy all your hotpot cravings. Its charm lies in its unassuming, no-frills restaurant setup, where diners can simply enjoy the fresh meat variants, vegetables and rich broth at friendly prices.
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Qi - House of Sichuan, the one-Michelin-starred Sichuan Restaurant in Hong Kong is now also available in Singapore, serving contemporary Sichuan dishes at Marina Bay Financial Centre.
Qi has been awarded the One Michelin Star for three consecutive years since 2016, it has created a modern interpretation of traditional and authentic Sichuan dishes that reflect the “seven flavours of Sichuan” (spicy, aromatic, sweet, bitter, sour, peppery, and salty). A wide spectrum of intense flavours can be experienced at Qi.
With the fragrant aroma of Sichuan peppercorns and chilies beckoning, get ready to welcome new hotpot restaurant chain Spice World Hot Pot from China making its inaugural presence in Singapore with a 200-seater, 6,000 sqft duo-design dining space at Clarke Quay that serves up an array of aromatic spicy and non-spicy soup broths with exquisitely plated, high-quality and fresh ingredients.
Spice World Hot Pot, founded in 2003 is one of China’s top ten global hotpot brands that prides itself in the meticulous preparation of its soup broths and accompaniments. No artificial flavouring, MSG or flavor enhancers are used. Instead, soup bases are first brewed in Sichuan China using the most carefully sourced deep forest peppercorns from Hongya farmlands, chilies from the mountainous origins of Guizhou and Sichuan before being air-flown to Singapore where it goes through a secondary preparation. All soup bases including the much loved Sichuan mala broth are brewed for at least four to six hours.
Diners can choose from 7 different soup bases – mala, which comes in three varying degrees of spiciness (mild, medium, hot), pork belly and chicken, three-delicacy (pork, chicken, duck), wild mushroom, tomato, tom-yam, and curry.
At Spice World, accompanying ingredients such as beef, pork and lamb are freshly sourced, painstakingly prepared and hand-sliced as opposed to frozen and machined cut. Similarly, all seafood arrives at Spice World fresh, not frozen. A source of great pride, this method of serving fresh ingredients is Spice World’s hallmark of distinction.
From the freshest Australian M8 Wagyu beef, delicately draped to form a dress over a doll, to the Australian mutton slices served on a meter long plank, to the good-humouredly named Prime Minister’s Pork Balls (former U.K Prime Minister David Cameron’s favourite dish) made from pork belly and parsley, to the delicately sliced rumen tripe from the first section of a cow’s stomach that contains the grass it consumes; all meats are air-flown to ensure that freshness and quality are never compromised. For seafood lovers, freshly prepared shrimp paste made from 100% shrimp meat and tobiko are a perennial favourite amongst diners along with the seafood platter.
To add a bit of fun to the dining experience, diners can choose to have a teddy bear or Hello Kitty shaped out of mala soup and beef oil added to the hotpot and watch it slowly melt into the broth (limited to only 8 per day!). This fun element has been and still is a big hit with Spice World patrons around the world. Diners can also have a meal with Nicholas the Bear, a life-sized teddy bear stuffed toy mascot, if he is not too busy posing for pictures.
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Mr Qi Chunhua, founder of Sichuan KungFu Fish, is a connoisseur of Sichuan food and has traveled all over China and the world, to perfect his craft of grilled fish. He has tasted all kinds of traditional fish dishes, continuously looking for improvement and innovation. When Qi visited the United States in the early years, the college campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology left a great impression on him.
Inspired by the ocmpetitveness and creative atsmosphere of MIT and after two years of extensive research, Qi launched a network of deep-sea fish restaurants known as MIT Catering, now Sichuan KungFu Fish.
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